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Starting Early Pays Off

New research from Professor James Heckman and colleagues from the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center reveals a 13% ROI on early childhood programs, a significant increase from the 7-10% return on investment found in previous studies on preschool programs serving 3-5 year olds.  

The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program is a longitudinal study that follows a cohort of North Carolina children into their 30’s, building on HighScope’s landmark Perry Preschool Study, and expands the findings from the traditional preschool experience to the broader and emerging birth-to-five experience. This study adds to the growing body of research that high quality, comprehensive early childhood education is among the best investments our society can make, especially in breaking intergenerational poverty.

Heckman’s research provides further evidence of the positive impact that a high-quality, birth-to-five education can have on disadvantaged children. At HighScope we are grateful for the continued exploration that establishes the benefits of early education through better outcomes in education, health, social behaviors and employment, reducing taxpayer costs down the line and preparing the country’s workforce for a competitive future.

Learn more about HighScope’s high-quality, active learning approach to early childhood education for Infant-Toddler programs and Preschool programs.


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